Founding Members

On April 1, 1926, Mrs. Ida May Cook Markham was confirmed as the Organizing Regent for the chapter.

Mrs. Markham originally hailed from Michigan.  Ida May Cook was born in 1860 in Pittsfield, Michigan, married Frank Edgar Markham 26 Oct 1892 in Big Rapids, Michigan, where they lived for several years.  She was a teacher in the Big Rapids schools at the time of her marriage in 1892, and was very active in club work:  president of the Big Rapids Woman’s Club, involved in the Women’s Missionary Society, president of the Four Times Four Literary Club, Regent of Big Rapids Chapter, NSDAR and one of the vice presidents of the Big Rapids Improvement Club.

Mrs. Markham was one of the charter members of the Big Rapids Chapter, NSDAR, formerly the Lucy Sprague Tracy Chapter, NSDAR, which was organized in 1900.  She served as Regent 1903- 1907, Historian, and as Registrar in 1908.

About 1923, she and her husband Frank moved to the Bradenton, Florida, area permanently after spending their winters here for several years.  Ida was an active member of the community.  She attended the Women’s Club, presented for the Women’s Missionary Society of the Methodist Church, and was recording secretary for the Manatee-Sarasota Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1920.  By 1935, she held the Florida State Chairman position for the DAR Schools Committee.

Ida died 6 June 1942 and is buried in Manasota Memorial Gardens.

Chapter Officers for the first year as of June 1926 were:

  • Regent – Mrs. Ida May Markham
  • Vice Regent – Mrs. Mary Daisy Duval Craig
  • Recording Secretary – Mrs. Maud Adkisson Legters (spelling corrected per chapter yearbook)
  • Corresponding Secretary – Mrs. Lorena Keller Cavanaugh
  • Treasurer – Mrs. Jennie S. Tallant
  • Registrar – Mrs. Caroline Frances Clark
  • Historian – Mrs. Kate Bostick Macgruder

The following officers were elected at the November 1927 Meeting:

  • Regent  – Mrs. Ida May Markham
  • Vice Regent – Mrs. Ellen H. Norris (Regent 1928 – 1930, 1931 – 1933, 1943-1944)
  • Recording Secretary – Mrs. Retta House Lillard
  • Corresponding Secretary – Mrs. Marion Warner Mulloy
  • Treasurer – Mrs. Jennie Tallant
  • Registrar – Mrs. Linus Clark (Caroline F.)
  • Historian – Mrs. Kate Magruder

Newspaper articles courtesy of the Bradenton Herald.

Chapter Charter Members

Ida Prescott Allen
Katherine Yeargan Auld
Mary Horton Barker
Estelle Burris
Nettie Cook Campbell
Lorena Keller Cavanaugh
Caroline Frances Clark
Leila House Corker
Mary Daisy Duval Craig
Maud Allen Day
Mary Wells Fraser
Mildred Stewart Gaines
Kate Harriman
Jessie Lusong Harris
Eldora Mindwell Krikhuff
Maud Adkisson Legters
Retta House Lillard (Bowen)

Kate Bostick Magruder
Martha E Harriman Mason
Clara Mason McBrayer
Ida May Markham
Annie Luke Moody
Ellen W Herndon Norris
Elizabeth Rood Parvin
Blanche Emily Cavanaugh Saussey
Clara Henry Scott
Mary Barker Stewart
Caroline Hampton Hoge Tallant
Jennie S. Tallant
Clara Hilbbs Wagensler
Emily Anderson Ward
Marion Gilbert Warner (Mulloy)
Flora Clarke Weeden

Early and notable Members